Project Type:Higher Education, Auditorium, Classrooms, OfficeProject Location:950 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20052
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Awards and Acknowledgements:AIA Committee on the Environment:2017 Top TenDesign Features:Climate Responsive Facades, Central Atrium
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Located on Washington Circle just a few blocks from the White House, the building provides a new home for some of the nation's best known leaders from across the public and private health policy sectors. It provides a critical forum for experts to address today's most pressing global health challenges.
In almost every conceivable way, the building epitomizes what it means for a public health school with an extensive outreach network to have a true home. The seven-story building (two additional stories are located below grade) is organized into two distinct halvesâ€”one for offices and administrative functions, and another for classrooms and student study areas. At the rear of the site along 24th Street, an efficient, 50-foot wide rectilinear bar houses administrative and computational uses. Clad in an architectural terracotta rainscreen wall and featuring tall punched windows, it complements the scale and residential character of the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood. This portion of the building also features a suite of laboratories for the School's Exercise Science Department, as well as a convening center at the ground level, intended to enable the School to engage the greater public on broad issues of public health.